Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

A Handheld Shower Head Helps Reach Hard to Get to Places

posted by Westerner 11:02 AM
Friday, May 13, 2016

handheld shower headWhen I started to use a bath tub for all of my bathing and showering needs, I discovered that it was a bit of a challenge to get the water to certain parts of my back and to rinse out my hair. I didn’t want to be stuck sitting in the tub having a challenging time getting to the areas of my body that needed to be cleaned.

I started to look at some different types of fixtures that I could attach to my bath to make it so that I would be able to easily rinse off various parts of my body. I was able to find several fixtures that featured a handheld shower head unit that would be perfect for rinsing my hair and washing my back while I was getting clean in the bathtub.

I decided that I would go ahead and purchase one of these fixtures since they just seemed to make a lot of sense to me. Now I am able to get to all of the areas I want to when I am in my bathtub. I feel like I am so much cleaner when I take a bath and use this fixture to rinse off on a regular basis. It is wonderful to have this option.

Western Theme Bathware Is Eyecatching

posted by dreeder 2:59 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Horse Towel Ring

Horse Head Towel Ring

Fascination for the Old West, and of Western Theme intrigue, has inspired a popular decorating trend. Rustic hardware and Wildlife themes have made their way into many decor settings. From Ranches and Cabins to high end New York Apartments, Western Theme Bath Hardware is captivating the imagination and reuniting the spirit with earlier times. Equestrian fans, Rodeo fans, and most anyone can appreciate the beauty of one of the most popular animals. Horse Theme Bath Accessories can add personalized instant appeal.

Limited Bathroom Space Requires Innovative Solutions

posted by dreeder 7:14 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sheffield Corner Toilet

White China Sheffield Corner Toilet

Adding a bathroom in a limited space requires some planning. A toilet is a necessity, but it can be space consuming. A Corner Toilet may be a perfect solution. A special corner shaped tank fits snuggly, and allows the toilet to set comfortably in normally unused space. This also can allow added space for sinks and showers. Most use a standard 12″ center rough-in for the drain. When measuring, be sure to allow for the sheet rock on the finished wall. Corner Toilets come in Round bowl and Elongated bowl sizes. Keep in mind that an elongated version will protrude a few inches more. Men find the elongated models a bit more comfortable at times for obvious reasons, but if space is the main consideration, go with the round bowl. When shopping for a toilet, make the Corner Toilet a consideration.

Ceramic Toilet Bolt Covers Add Vintage Appeal

posted by dreeder 1:12 AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Porcelain Ceramic Toilet Bolt Cover

Porcelain Ceramic Toilet Bolt Cover

What better way to accent a Vintage Style bathroom than to cap the toilet bolts with Period Style Toilet Bolt Covers. These are available as an alternative to the plastic caps and covers offered by most hardware stores. They are available in a variety of styles, sizes and shapes. Preparation usually requires cutting the toilet bolt length to a size that will accommodate the porcelain cap. A hack saw or Dremel™ Tool may be used for that purpose. Use something to shield the side of the toilet bowl, in the event the tool should slip. This will prevent accidental marring of the toilet bowl.These are easily installed by using a small bead of white or clear 100% silicone caulk applied to the underside rim of the cap. Carefully position the cap before making contact with the toilet base. Gently set into position. Once the caulk sets up (usually overnight), these caps will dutifully remain in place until they need to be removed. Removal just requires cutting around the silicone seal with a single edge razor blade or razor knife. Add period authenticity to your Vintage Bathroom.

Toilet Problem Troubleshooting

posted by dreeder 11:04 AM
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ashley Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

Ashley Dual Flush Elongated Toilet

When a toilet begins giving flushing problems, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem. If the tank is filling properly, but the waste water is sluggish to go down the drain easily, this indicates a clog in the toilet trap itself, or some kind of blockage in the drain line. A handy tool known commonly as a “Plumber’s Friend” or toilet plunger, is often all that is needed to resolve the problem. This tool, used properly, forces air pressure down the base of the toilet, many times providing just enough extra force to push the clog or obstruction from the trap, and down the drain. It is advisable to keep one of these on hand near the toilet for that unexpected, and potentially embarrassing situation. Other situations may call for more extreme measures. Kids have a propensity to allow their curiosity to get the better of themselves. Many times a stuck toy, or other object not designed to be flushed down a toilet, becomes the culprit. This may be extreme enough to require removal of the toilet to remove the object. A clogged main line on the drain system is more rare, but does happen on occasion. Tree roots, and other things can contribute to this problem. In this situation, it is advisable to call a professional plumber. They have the proper tools to deal with this situation. A full septic tank might also be a culprit. This also requires professional assistance. Newer Dual Flush Toilets, (1.6 or .8 gal flush) are designed to flush easily with either solid or liquid waste. Liquid waste requires less water, and is energy saving as well.

Feeling A Little Flushed?

posted by dreeder 7:38 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Royal Flush Toilet Handle

Royal Flush Toilet Handle

A little humor can go a long way in relieving daily tensions. A Decorative Toilet Handle can spruce up an ordinary bathroom fixture and set the theme for a unique bath experience. Whether your passion is for things nautical, wild, country, or just a bit naughty, a decorative theme toilet handle is sure to please.

Decorative Garden Sprinklers

posted by dreeder 12:10 AM
Friday, July 17, 2009

With the advent of warm weather season, why not adopt a decorative garden sprinkler to spruce up your lawn or garden. Decorative Sprinklers and Hose Bibs create interest, and are sure attention grabbers. Be it a cast brass snail, turtle, frog, or other adornment, these cute creatures will add a little bling to your yard and garden decoration.snail-insetlrg

Making Potty Training Fun

posted by Westerner 4:56 PM
Friday, May 22, 2009


For a parent of a toddler, there’s nothing more vital that getting your kid quickly and properly potty trained. Not only is it a milestone for your kid, but it also relieves a lot of burden on your part. That’s why parents spend so much time and money trying to learn how to effectively and quickly potty train their children. But the simple fact is that kids are going to learn when they’re ready and no sooner.

But you’re not completely at the whim of the child. You can help make the process less scary and more fun by installing some decorative toilet seats. These can be covered in drawings of everything from sea life to dinosaurs. Pick something that is a favorite of your child. This way, they’ll have something to be excited about when they’re learning how to use the bathroom. And if you eventually want to return you bathroom to the look of a solid tone toilet seat cover, you can merely switch it out with minimal fuss.

Replacing A Toilet Seat Hinge

posted by dreeder 2:54 AM
Sunday, May 10, 2009

Many newer toilet seats come with plastic hinges. These are easy to maintain, and are functional, but many 18571 prefer the classic look that only Chrome or Brass Hinges offer. Installing a new hinge adds character, but it can be a bit daunting. Although most hinges for toilet seats are designed to mount on 5-1/2″ centers, the existing screw holes for attaching the hinge to the seat, most likely will not line up correctly. A dab of wood putty will fill the existing holes. A bit of paint or a stain pen should hide the patch in most cases. Turn the bottom portion of the seat upside down. Position the new hinge along the back edge and center using a ruler or tape measure. Use an awl to mark the position for the screws. Be sure to drill pilot holes for the screws. Use a depth gauge attachment to insure no mistakes. Be sure to check the screw length. Some hinge sets come with screws that may be too long for the depth of the toilet seat. Once the lower hinge is attached, it’s time to attach the upper hinge to the lid. This is where the job gets tricky. By positioning the lid atop the base, one can see that there is no easy way to mark the position of the upper screws. The solution to this is to get some tracing paper. Place the lid on the paper and trace the outline carefully.  With scissors, cut out the template carefully. Now place the template on the lower seat atop the hinges. Center the pattern appropriately. Since tracing paper is somewhat transparent, you can see where the hinge holes need to be. Using a Sharpie, dot the position of the hinge holes carefully. Now turn the lid upside down. Remember to flip the template as well. Mark the top with the awl, drill pilot holes, and attach the top. Congratulations, you have now successfully finished your toilet hinge replacement.

I Love Classic Bathtubs

posted by Westerner 2:48 PM
Monday, March 2, 2009


There’s nothing quite like taking a relaxing bubble bath in an old fashioned bathtub.  I think of all the old fashioned bathtub designs, clawfoot bathtubs are my favorite.  When I was little I can remember taking a bath in the clawfoot bathtub at my grandma’s house, and I was always fascinated with the idea of a bathtub that had feet.  In fact, my grandma used to tease me that while I was sleeping, the bathtub would get up and walk around the house!  I even remember waking up during the middle of the night, running to the bathroom, and making sure the bathtub was still there! 

When I had my own house I knew I wanted a clawfoot bathtub of my own.  It took me a while to track down a vintage bathtub that would fit well in my bathroom, but when I did, I ordered it right away.  Now I can enjoy a good soak just like I used to when I was a little girl!